On Thursday Sept. 9, President Biden declared that over 100 million Americans will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This statement has caused an uproar amongst the working class and put pressure on the 80 million plus Americans eligible for the vaccine. Experts such as The American Hospital Association states that the requirements for the vaccine may lead to larger numbers of unemployment throughout the nation.

Ambivalently, Everett Kelley, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees said that although the vaccines protect America’s workforce and the best way to end the pandemic, there may have to be some “bargaining” and “negotiation” within organizations because according to Kelley, “workers deserve a voice in their working conditions.” Although there is much skepticism about the efficiency of his new requirements and even the vaccine itself, Biden is persistent.


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